Pet Friendly

Sometimes travelers leave home believing it will be fun to bring their pets along, and then discover that the presence of the animal(s) restricts the owners’ activities. Many accommodations are not pet friendly – policies are noted in the listings under “Places to Stay.” However, there is still the problem of where the pets can go during the day. Especially in Yosemite National Park a few owners are always surprised to discover, too late, that although leashed dogs are allowed in certain areas, they are not permitted on unpaved trails or in wilderness areas (see the Park Service site for complete rules).

If you find a need to board your animal, the following facilities are available. Note that all require proof of current vaccinations, so be sure to bring the necessary documents before leaving home.


Pet Boarding

Animal Care Center
Lynn Rosebrock
4741 Hirsch Road
Mariposa, CA 95338
(209)742-7387
Animal Care
Ritter Animal Hospital
Gregory Ritter, DMV
5572 Highway 49N
Mariposa, CA 95338
(209)966-5666
Mon – Fri 8:00AM to 5:00PM,
Sat 8:00AM to noon
Clar-Lyn Kennels
Diana Hertz and Marilyn Fry
3991 Ben Hur Road
Mariposa, CA 95338
(209)742-6641
By appointment only
Valley Stable Kennels
Offered by DNC Parks &
Resorts at Yosemite, Inc.
Yosemite Valley Stable
Yosemite Valley, CA
Summer only
Taj-Ma Dog
4837 Moon Shadow Road
Mariposa, CA 95338
(209)742-7572
Groomingdales Salon
4972 Joe Howard Street
Mariposa, CA 95338
(209)966-4300

Horse Boarding

Jerry & Barbara Brownell
2823 Highway 49 South
Mariposa, CA 95338
(209)966-4706
Z/Z Ranch Mike & Hazel Zepeda
Wildcat Road
Mariposa, CA 95338
(209)742-4661
Barbara Crose
5805 Silva Road
Mariposa, CA 95338
(209)742-7227

Pets

If you choose to bring your pet to Yosemite, please abide by these regulations:

Pets are only allowed

  • In developed areas
  • On fully paved trails and roads except trails signed as not allowing pets (pets are not allowed off the floor of Yosemite Valley, including the trail to Vernal Fall)
  • In campgrounds (except Tamarack Flat, Porcupine Flat, and walk-in campgrounds)

Pets are not allowed

  • On unpaved or poorly paved trails, or trails signed as not allowing pets (however, pets are allowed on the Wawona Meadow Loop)
  • On unplowed roads covered in snow
  • In Wilderness areas
  • On shuttle buses
  • In concessioner lodging areas
  • In Tamarack Flat, Porcupine Flat, and all walk-in campgrounds
  • In any group or horse camps
  • Pets must be restrained on a leash not more than six feet long or otherwise physically restrained
  • Leashed pets may not be left unattended
  • For the courtesy of other visitors, human companions are responsible for cleaning up and depositing pet feces in trash receptacles
  • Remember that pet food is also bear food: store pet food as if it is human food.

These regulations protect both pets and wildlife from disease and each other. The National Park Service has prohibited pets on trails for many years. In particular, dogs chase wildlife, pollute water sources, and can be defensive and dangerous in unfamiliar surroundings. Pet owners have the burden to assure their pet does not damage the park values for others in those areas where pets are allowed.